menlo pilates & yoga

"It's the mind itself which shapes the body." - Joseph Pilates

Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility (well said by www.about.com). These classes allow you the opportunity to incorporate equipment workouts into your schedule that can address your specific needs.
Body rolling is a workout and deep tissue massage rolled into one! The 2" rubber balls lengthen muscles, stimulate bones and releases energy blockages. You will find in this class that you will let go of unproductive patterns in your body. Body rolling allows you to work specific muscles in detail, to create suppleness in tight areas and optimize range of motion in joints.
This class is a gentle form of yoga. You will practice yoga sitting in a chair or standing using the chair for support. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are NOT present in this class. The chair is used due to the difficulty in getting down and up from the floor. You will learn many yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and ways of relaxation with the aid of a chair.

If you are an early bird or a weekend warrior this is a great way to start the morning.  Early morning yoga will leave you feeling grounded and prepared for the rest of the day.

Need to work off some eggnog? Or just having trouble finding the peace and joy of the season? Make plans for holiday yoga, 10:30 to 11:30 at Menlo Pilates & Yoga. Family friendly and appropriate for all levels, this class will stretch your body, calm your mind, and lift your heart. Proceeds from the class will be donated to The Women's Community Clinic in San Francisco.
Fran's early morning Kettlebells series
For first time users of Kettlebells.
Early workouts start the day right. The reformer class is a refreshing way to awaken your body!
This one hour class consists of flowing standing poses, seated stretchesand calming meditation. Moving at a mindful pace, the class will renew andrestore your energy levels, preparing you to face the rest of your day.Optional poses are offered, making this class appropriate for both beginnersand seasoned yogis.
Balance, Core, Skeletal Alignment, and Muscle Isolation using innovative choreographic movements that non dancers and dancers can perform. These exercises help to properly develop and balance your body's muscle memory:

Pelvic Floor Activation
Whole Body Awareness
Mat, Standing, and Movement Applications
Opposing Muscle Stimulation
Balance
Elongation

If you are looking for something new to add to your fitness routine consider the Pilates MVe (maximum versatility exercise) chair. The Pilates concept focuses on the core and this chair will do just that. Engage your core during every exercise and improve your core strength, balance, and even your posture. Do push-ups, leg presses, ab exercises and gymnastic-like moves with this small piece of equipment. You can even use your dumbbells to strengthen your upper body while targeting your core and legs for added difficulty. The variety of exercises on this chair seem near endless (Meaghan Massenat Yahoo Voices 2010).
This mat based pilates class works all the core muscles - abdominals, the pelvic floor, the muscles around the hip and lower back as well as the upper back.
 
Free weights are also used to sculpt the muscles of the arms, while simultaneously engaging the core. You'll tone your abs and your arms in this one hour class!
Pilates for All Levels is a well-rounded Pilates workout for any level!
Pilates for Beginners is a formal introduction to the Pilates Method. If new to Pilates, please begin your exploration here. The Pilates Method is structured around your body’s powerhouse – It includes the abdominals, the pelvic floor, the muscles around the hip joint, and the muscles of the lower back. Every exercise engages these muscles simultaneously improving posture and creating a longer, leaner looking physique.
Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility (well said by www.about.com). These classes allow you the opportunity to incorporate equipment workouts into your schedule that can address your specific needs. This is a group class, and the maximum enrollment is 4 per class.
Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility (well said by www.about.com). These classes allow you the opportunity to incorporate equipment workouts into your schedule that can address your specific needs. This is a group class, and the maximum enrollment is 4 per class.
Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility (well said by www.about.com). These classes allow you the opportunity to incorporate equipment workouts into your schedule that can address your specific needs.

Restorative Yoga aims to relax the body and mind to bring energy back into equilibrium. The Restorative practice will leave you refreshed and clear-headed, and prepare you for a restful night sleep. This class is a good complement to any vigorous activity, as well as a good introduction for beginners or for people seeking healing. In this class, you are guided through meditation, breathwork and gentle movement. Poses are held for a long time with a focus on opening and comfort.

Give yourself this gift at the end of your work week to unwind, relax and be renewed for the weekend.  This class includes gentle yoga poses and meditation. 

 

TaijiFit™ (tai chi fit) teaches tai chi in a format that imparts the spirit and benefits of tai chi without the years of study. It was originally created in China in the 1920s as TaijiCao and enables you to develop Qi (energy) in a quick and easy format without having to learn all the long, technically complicated forms. In fact, there’s no learning at all; students just follow the instructor to the gentle beat of music. Most students feel Qi flowing through their hands in their very first class. The goal of TaijiFit™ is to develop a flow state and maintain it throughout the class. Even the least coordinated students will find themselves flowing in TaijiFit™, developing balance, coordination, proprioception and more.
A Vinyasa is a style of yoga that flows from one pose to the next, empathizing and synchronizing the breath with movement. Some knowledge of yoga needed.
The beginning of this class is Vinyasa Flow, moving from pose to pose to reinvigorate your body and steady your mind and soul. At the end of the class you will experience passive yin yoga techniques, breath awareness exercises and the use of an assortment studio props to release tension throughout your whole being.
 
A great class to learn the popular style of yoga that flows from one pose to the next, empathizing and synchronizing the breath with movement.
A great class to learn the popular style of yoga that flows from one pose to the next, empathizing and synchronizing the breath with movement.
Please join Nicole and Girish for their beautiful blending of Girish’s soul-stirring music and Nicole’s bright Vinyasa Yoga sequencing.
 
Girish will be playing and singing his heart opening chants LIVE during class - while Nicole guides you through a 75-minute seamlessly flowing, devotional yoga practice.
Vinyasa & Restorative class uses active flows to open concentration, open the lotus flower heart & mind to wisdom and balancing to open to self compassion. After an active warming we move to the passive, calming & restorative postures, at times using props to support the body/mind into deepening states of quieting.

The flow from active to passive yoga postures can be envigorating, nurturing & ultimately a gift to listen in ward, to let go & thus restore us to greater clarity. We complete class with a brief meditation, as a reminder that restoring the body is learning how to practice peace of mind.

A great Sunday afternoon/evening ritual to complete your weekend & prepare, in peace, for the week ahead.
This class is appropriate for beginners, those recovering from injury and those who want to refine their existing practice. Take the time to understand alignment and build a yoga practice that promotes growth and well being.

End the weekend with an active, but relaxing yoga workout to sleep well and be prepared for the coming week.

A dynamic class comprising the fusion of Latin and International music to create a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system.
Menlo Pilates & Yoga

 

 

Menlo Pilates & Yoga

 

 

Menlo Pilates & Yoga

 

 

Menlo Pilates & Yoga

 

 

Menlo Pilates & Yoga